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Raleigh, N. C, May 31st., 1912 

Dear Brethren: — 

I submit herewith my eighteenth Annual Report 
which is the forty-seventh since the establishment of ihe in- 
stitution. The year has been the most arduous of my admin- 
istration, and I believe it can be fairly stated, the most 
successful. It has been a strenuous year because of the large 
attendance, the erection of the hospital and the improvements 
noted later on in this report. 

GRADUATES. — The enrollment in all departments for 
the academic year closed today was 518. The average daily 
attendance was 43y. It has not been possible fur some years 
to accommodate all who apply for 1-ck of room. 

On Thursday, May 9th, there were graduated 81 students, 
as follows: 

Medical 30 

Pharmacy 4 

Theological 3 

College 6 

Normal 22 

Education 4 

Domestic Arts 16 

Counted twice, having received tv\o degrees . 4 

The practice of issuing certificatps, discontinued last} ear 
has been renewed on account of the large number taking the 
work of the industrial departments. 


HEALTH. — The health of the institution has not been as 
good as usual. This was doubtless due to the unusual 
severity of the winter. I have never known such a winter in 
Nort i Carolina d ning the eighteen years that I have been a 
citizen of the State. We appreciated more than ever our 
beating system which gave satisfactory service except on two 
o'- three of the severest days, when it was impossible to heat 
the rooms in most of the buildinu-s because the windows were 
so loose. We expended considerable money in tightening 
the windows of the Leonard Medical building, after which 
the building was comfortable. 

I wish to renew my recommendation for the establishing of 
a gymnasium where physical training can be regularlv given. 

SANITATION. — The institution was never in better con- 
d'tion from the standpoint of sanitation than at the present 
time. It is not, however, perfect, and there should be more 
toilet and bath rooms in the men's dormitories. Each of the 
buildings is now connected with the city sewers. 

PHYSICAL CONDITION.— The physical condition of 
the property is good with the exception of minor repairs and 
the painting of nearly all the buildings. No outside painting 
worth mentioning has been done to any of the buildings for 
many years. The grounds have been kept in good condition 
and the campus is in a sanitary and attractive condition. 

RELIGIOUS LIFE. — Near the beginning of the year, a 
series of religious meetings was conducted by Rev. A. A. 
Graham of Ptkebus, Va. The meetings were devoid of 
excitement but were very profitable and resulted in 
conversions. It was remarked by Dr. Len G. Broughton, 
who gave an address just before his departure for his new 
field of labor in London, England, that he had rarely been 
present in any college chapel where so large a proportion of 


the students were professed christians as was evidenced by 
the showing of hands when he asked how many were professed 
christians. Regular preaching services were held on Sundays, 
preceded by Sunday School for one hour. At night a general 
prayer meeting was conducted in the chapel led by the 
President or some other member of the faculty. Chapel 
exercises were held daily in the morning except Saturdays 
and Sundays. Attendance upon all religious exercises was 

FINANCIAL. — The receipts of the year have been 
large, but owing to unusual expenditures that will be referred 
to later, and also on account of the unusua.1 high cost of pro- 
visions, there is a deficit as will be seen by reference to the 
financial part of this report. This has been temporarily pro- 
vided for by a note in the Citizens Nitional Bank of Raleigh, 
signed by Mrs. Meserve and myself. Very little was due 
from the students at the close of the fiscal year. 

HIGHER SALARIES.— I again call attention to the 
necessity for an increase in salaries 01: ace unt of the higher 
cost of living, and the numerous offers that are in de to mem- 
bers of our teaching force. Wete it not for the deep conse- 
cration of our teachers we would not be able to operate the 
institution without an increase in salaries. If the ratio of 
increase in the necessities of life continues, the raising of 
salaries will be an absolute necessity. 

ADDITIONAL TEACHERS.— There ought to be three 
more instructors in the Medical department, one in the Men's 
industrial department, one in the College department, and 
one in the Women's industrial department. The work that is 
required in order to keep the institution up to a high standard 
cannot be done without additional teachers. This is es- 
pecially important in the Medical department, where the 

requirements for graduation and for the obtaining of licenses 
are higher than ever before. 

COMMENCEMENT.— The Annual Address on Commence- 
ment Day was given by Rev. R. T. Vann, D. D., President of 
Meredith Colb ge, Raleigh, N. C. Dr. Vann has been for 
many years President of Meredith College, and is a native of 
North Carolina. We have never had a more sympathetic 
and helpful address than the one he gave on Commencement 
Day, and his presence was very significant as showing the 
intelligent interest of the best people of the State in the work 
of Shaw University. 

IMPROVEMENTS MADE.— A large amount of work has 
been done during the year. The hospital has been completed 
and the surrounding grounds partially graded. All the rooms 
have not been equipped for lack of means, but we hope that 
friends will come to the rescue during the next school year, 
so that in a few more months every room will be in readiness 
for the reception of patients. New laboratories in the addi- 
tion to the east end of the Leonard Medical building have 
been in use and are very satisfactory. 

The power house has been enlarged and an additional 
boiler installed. The heating- system has been extended to 
the Leonard Medical building and the new hospital and has 
worked very satisfactorily. The blacksmith shop has been 
thoroughly equipped and facilities provided for giving instruc- 
tion in masonry. An addition to the south end of the chapel and 
dining-hall, providing a new kitchen and store-room, was 
completed just as the new year opened. All the facilities 
required have not been provided, but, notwithstanding this» 
the service has been more satisfactory than ever befoie. It 
is hoped that during the new year the few things that are 
needed can be added. 

IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED. — ! again call your atten- 
tion to the n-^eds of the library. The Carnegie offer of $15,000 
ought to be supplemented at an early date by $15,000 for an 
endowment so that the conditional pledge might be paid. 
The institution is greatly hindered in its work by lack of 
library facilities. 

There is gfreat need of a recitation hall, which will be met 
in par: when the proposed home for the Theological school 
has been completed. On Wednesday of Commencement 
week there was a ministers' conference which was largely 
attended and great interest was manifested. It was heartily 
and unanimously voted to start a campaign to raise $ 12,000 
for a home for the Theological department. When this 
building is erected, one or two recitation rooms can be 

The greatest need at the present time is additional facilities 
for the Leonard Medical School. There has been such an 
advance in medical education during the last few years, and 
the requirements of Medical Examining Bonrds have been 
raised to such an extent that we cannot keep up our present 
reputation and make the progress that is necessary unless we 
have additional teachers, a physiological laboratory, a museum 
and a Medical library. These are so imperative that we shall 
soon fall behind without them. 

An addition should be made to the Medical dormitory so 
that all the Medical students can live by themselves in one 
dormitory instead of taking some of the rooms that belong to 
the College and Normal departments. There should also be 
in all of the dormitories a waiting or reception room where 
students of the respective departments can meet together 
from time to time, and where they can receive and enterta'n 
their callers. 

SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY.— I renew my recommen- 
dation for the establishing at an early date of a school of 

Dentistry. I had hoped to present in this report the cost 
of equipment, etc., but I have not yet been able to obtain the 
desired information witii sufficient accuracy to make a report. 
T hope to be able to do so in my next Annual Report. As 
this department can be conducted without much additional 
expense, and as there is a demand for the school, I believe it 
would be a success from the start. 

SUMMER SESSION.— I recommended in my last Annual 
Report that a summer session be held in most of the depart- 
ments. I wish, however, to say that I do not see how this 
can be done unless funds can be provided for the salaries of 
teachers. It will be all the students who may come can 
afford to do to meet the expense of board and lodging. It is, 
however, a very important matter and I believe that as soon 
as possible it should be generally known that there will be 
every year a summer session in Theology, Pedagogy, Medi- 
cine and Pharmacy. 

I referred in my last Annual Report to the higher require- 
ments for graduation. I am hoping that before many years 
we can so change our courses of study that the preparatory 
or preliminary work can be entirely eliminated. There ought 
to be two courses of study of four years each, combining both 
literary and industrial work. 

the condition indicated in the last paragraph can be brouo-ht 
about, the requirements for admission can be appreciably 
raised. They are considerably higher than they were and 
some of the lower grades have already been dropped. 

I append herewith my financial report, a copy of which has 
been forwarded to Mr. F. T. Moulton, Treasurer. 


Financial Report for Year Ended May 
31st, 1912 

Receipts : 

Tuition $3600.00 

Old accounts 100.00 

All other sources (including transfer 

$1900 from Hosp. funds) 5714.32 

Loans from bank 3700.00 

Book Sales 1065.73 

$14, 180.05 

Appropriations : 

Slater Fund 2250.00 

A. B. H. M. S 9800.02 

W. A. B. H. M. S 600.00 


Deficit 1 ,884.91 

Expenditures : 

School Supplies $3919.09 

Repairs 1400.36 

Special improvements 559.31 

Student Labor 7 ,J 0.66 

Gratuities 190.00 

Sundries 6859.47 

Teachers' Salaries : 

slater appropriation 2250.00 

A. B. H. M. S 9800.02 

W. A. B. H. M. S 600.00 

Other salaries 2346.07 



Receipts : 

Tuition 125.00 

Deficit 375 00 



Salary $500.00 



Tuition $1200 00 

Old accounts 7.00 



Salaries $700.00 

Gratuities 54.00 

Supplies 42.60 

Surplus 410.40 


Receipts : 

Tuition $6300.00 

Old accounts 271. 2G 



School Supplies $ 524.55 

Repairs 101.62 

Gas... 80.25 

Water 41.06 

Janitor's services and student labor in 

grading . 192.98 

Gratuities 122.00 

Sundries 26.90 

Salaries 5050.00 

Surplus 431.90 



Receipts : 

Students' Board $21,318.60 

Sale of food supplies 464.83 



Material for Boarding Dept $14,501.43 

Service 2548.18 

Surplus 4733.82 



Medical Dept $ 6571.26 

Pharmacy Dept 1 207.00 

Law Dept 1 '21 .00 

Literary Dept 26,830.07 

Boarding Dept. 21,783 43 

Leonard Hospital 326.65 

Balance from 1910-11 278.53 


Expenditures : 

Medical Dept $ 6139.36 

Pharmacy Dept 796. 60 

Law Dept 500 00 

Literary Dept 28,714.98 

Boarding Dept 17,049.61 

Leonard Hospital (including equip- 
ment) 3,645.75 

* Balance forward 275.64 

$57, 121 94 

*Note. — Loan of $1500.00 from bank. 
Actual deficit $1224.36. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Charles Francis Meserve,